Our new COVID-19 schedules can be hectic and our daily routine can be so systematic — not to mention boring — that self-care sounds like a luxury instead of a basic necessity. Self-care is so important in the ways that it can benefit or affect our mental, emotional, and physical health. According to licensed Counseling Psychologist Raphailia Michael, from Psych Central, taking care of ourselves is “very often overlooked” even though this is the key “to improved mood and reduced anxiety.”
Self-care should never be considered as a selfish act; in fact, Michael warns that if we don’t put ourselves first, we won’t be able to take care of others properly. There are a lot of things you can do in order to feel good. Finding pleasurable activities, as the expert suggests, can be a fantastic way to unwind, relax, and reconnect with yourself, keeping your spirit grounded during an era of upheaval.
Taking a bubble bath at least one time per week should be your reward for all the hard work you do. If you find your body feels a bit stagnant from sitting all day in front of a computer screen or being confined in a small space, the relaxed atmosphere of a bath is actually a great stimulant to your system. According to a 2018 study published by the National Institute of Health, immersing the whole body in warm water was found to “induce vasodilation and increase blood flow.”
Researchers noticed that those who bathe for at least 10 minutes decreased their fatigue, stress, and pain, plus smiled more and saw improvements in their health and skin condition. “The SF-8 Health Survey showed significantly better general health, mental health, role emotional, and social functioning scores. Profile of Mood State scores were lower for stress, tension-anxiety, anger-hostility, and depression-dejection,” the researchers concluded. “Also, a habit of immersion bathing in hot water was shown to be associated with strengthened immune function.”
The study revealed that “people who had a habit of bathing in hot water have good subjective health status, sufficient sleep and rest, low levels of stress, and high subjective happiness.” This means that another great benefit of taking warm bubble baths is the stimulation of the production of serotonin, a chemical in the brain associated with well-being and happiness. In conclusion, researchers revealed that the results of this study “support that the psychological benefits of bathing are a real causal relationship.”
Whether you use bath bombs, Epsom salt, body foam, body wash, bath milk, or oils, there’s no doubt that bubble baths are the ultimate indulgence. Reclaim your time unapologetically, nourishing your body and healing your soul.